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My report on the Yad Vashem seminar for international Educators, Jerusalem, January 2009

My report on the Yad Vashem seminar for international Educators, Jerusalem, January 2009

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    • Yad Vashem International Seminar 2-22 January 2009 Presentation by Nigel Mitchell Who was there What we did The high points Some constructive criticism What am I going to do with this new knowledge?
    • Who was there
      • Participants from 11 different countries
      • Jewish, Christian and secular
      • Teachers, academics, communicators
      • Speakers from Yad Vashem
      • Academics working in Jerusalem
      • Sho'ah survivors
    • What we did
      • Eat – “noone comes home from Israel thinner than they were when they arrived”
      • Learnt about the Sho’ah, anti-semitism, Judaism, 20 th century history and Israel.
      • Visited and learnt the significance of Jewish and Christian holy sites and Israeli historical sites.
      • Saw some magnificent and very well planned museums.
      • Experienced a country at war.
    • The high points
      • Survivor testimony
      • High standard of academic input
      • Tours of Jewish and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem
      • Yad Vashem and other museums
      • A diverse and interesting group of colleagues
      Nachum and Genya, “Schindler Jews”
    • Some constructive criticism
      • Could have been more opportunity for sharing expertise and learning from each other within the group.
      • “ Top-down” pedagogy is outdated and less effective than more inclusive and collaborative models of teaching.
      • Not enough time for reflection or rest in the first half of the seminar
    • What am I going to do with this new knowledge?
      • This year I am teaching Religion and History to students in years 7-11 in a Catholic secondary school. Although not teaching specifically about the Sho'ah, the topics I will be teaching include Judaism, Islam, 2 nd world war, as well as Christianity. I have gained an immense amount of information and new perspectives through the seminar which will inform my teaching.
      • I have also been asked to present a seminar to year 12 English Literature students in my school on the Sho’ah in connection with their study of Bernhard Schlink’s book The Reader.
    • What am I going to do with this new knowledge? (contd)
      • I have already begun researching an article “antisemitism in the 21 st century” which I hope to publish in a journal or present at a conference later in the year
      • I plan to present a paper about Yad Vashem at the national History teachers conference in Melbourne in July 2009
    • What am I going to do with this new knowledge? (contd)
      • Encourage colleagues to consider attending a Yad Vashem seminar.
      • Find a way to return to Jerusalem for further study and/or with a group of students.
      • Keep in touch with Yad Vashem faculty and other participants.
      • Support Israel.
    • Thank You
      • Nigel Mitchell
      • Teacher of Religion and History St Ignatius College Athelstone SA
      • [email_address]
      • http://me.edu.au/b/nbm/